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5:55 PM ET, April 17, 2021

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New York Times:
Least Vaccinated U.S. Counties Have Something in Common: Trump Voters  —  About 31 percent of adults in the United States have now been fully vaccinated.  Scientists have estimated that 70 to 90 percent of the total population must acquire resistance to the virus to reach herd immunity.
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
America First Caucus Rejected By Right-Wing Freedom Caucus  —  Members of the right-wing Freedom Caucus are among a wide array of House Republicans rejecting a nascent group being organized by Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) whose platform reportedly aims to preserve “anglo-saxon political traditions.”
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Rachael Bade / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Fury over ‘Anglo-Saxon’ caucus  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  There are two developing stories you should watch this weekend that have Washington up in arms:  — A CONGRESSIONAL WHITE CAUCUS?:  Reports that Reps. MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE (R-Ga.) and PAUL GOSAR (R-Ariz.) …
Washington Post:
Rep. Greene tries to distance herself from ‘America First Caucus’ document denounced as racist  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Saturday tried to distance herself from a document published by Punchbowl News that purportedly outlined the goals of a new “America First Caucus” …
Shannon Palus / Slate:
It's About Time for Us to Stop Wearing Masks Outside  —  One of the last times I stepped outside my Brooklyn apartment without a mask on was in early spring 2020, just before the state issued a mask mandate.  I remember because as my dog peed on a tree, a neighbor asked me pointedly where my mask was.
New York Times:
Throughout Trial Over George Floyd's Death, Killings by Police Mount  —  Since testimony in Derek Chauvin's trial began on March 29, more than three people a day have died at the hands of law enforcement.  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Just seven hours before prosecutors opened their case against Derek Chauvin …
Discussion: Insider
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E. Jean Carroll / Ask E. Jean:
Carroll v Trump (the Latest)  —  We Filed Papers Today with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  Here's the update:  —  First, a Little Refresher:  —  The Defendant: Representing Trump:  —  The Department of Justice  —  The Plaintiff:  —  Representing me:
Discussion: Bloomberg and Insider
Maggie Fox / CNN:
Doctors hone in on cause of blood clots potentially linked with Covid-19 vaccines  —  (CNN)Doctors say they are honing in on the cause of blood clots that may be linked with certain coronavirus vaccines, and add their findings have important implications for how to treat the condition, regardless of whether vaccines cause it.
Discussion: HotAir and Mashable
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NBC 6 South Florida:
South Florida Nurse Arrested, Accused of Threatening to Kill VP Kamala Harris  —  Niviane Petit Phelps, of Miami Gardens, was arrested following an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service  —  A longtime South Florida nurse accused of making videos threatening Vice President Kamala Harris' life has been arrested on federal charges.
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
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Sun-Sentinel:
Hospitalizations plunge among Florida seniors, as COVID immunity takes hold  —  The number of Florida seniors entering the hospital for COVID dropped sharply over the past month, an indication that the vaccination campaign begun in December has been effective in protecting the group most vulnerable to the disease.
Discussion: Bloomberg
John McWhorter / It Bears Mentioning:
THE VICTORIANS HAD TO ACCEPT DARWIN.  WE NEED TO ACCEPT THAT COPS KILL WHITE PEOPLE AS EASILY AS THEY KILL BLACK PEOPLE.  —  Otherwise, our conversation on race is deeply and perniciously fake.  —  9 hr ago  —  The death of Daunte Wright in Minneapolis necessitates a new mental habit among us enlightened American souls.
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Biden Says First Golf as President Leaves Course Record Intact  — President has been ranked among best political golfers in past  — Most recent handicap posted for Biden was 6.7 in 2018  —  President Joe Biden spent Saturday afternoon on the first golf outing of his presidency …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel comes under pressure to show more independence from Trump  —  Amid the din of clanking glasses and cheering at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club on April 10, the former president ribbed Ronna McDaniel, the Republican Party chairwoman, about her relationship with the GOP's potential 2024 White House contenders.
Discussion: Raw Story
Gary Harki / Virginian-Pilot:
Not a speed trap, a race trap: Black Virginians say they've been racially profiled in and around Windsor for decades  —  The video of Windsor Police drawing guns on Caron Nazario before pepper spraying him may have gone viral, but it wasn't a surprise to some Black people who drive …
Brian Flood / Fox News:
CNN has shed more than half its viewers since Biden took office, down staggering 60 percent in key demo  —  MSNBC ratings also dramatically down since January  —  Tomi Lahren blasts CNN over leaked video showing liberal bias  —  CNN has been hemorrhaging viewers since President Biden took office …
Discussion: RedState and The RFAngle
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Wire:
Twitter Promotes Story Using ‘Breached’ Data To Dox Police - After Banning NY Post For ‘Hacked Material’  —  British news outlet The Guardian published an article Friday, based on information from a group that specializes in trafficking hacked materials, listing the names of low-level police employees …
Discussion: The Western Journal
New York Times:
Why Police Can Stop Motorists With Air Fresheners Hanging in Their Cars  —  A majority of states have laws making it illegal to hang anything from a rearview mirror that obscures a driver's view.  But critics say the laws are often used as pretexts.  —  Phil Colbert was on his way to meet …
Discussion: Althouse
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Ron DeSantis Is the Republican Autopsy  —  As their theory of how to move past Donald Trump, G.O.P. insiders have the governor of Florida.  —  After the Republican Party suffered a surprising (well, to Republicans) defeat in the 2012 election, the Republican National Committee famously commissioned …
Discussion: Raw Story, Insider and CNN
Michelle Stoddart / ABC News:
National World War I Memorial unveiled in Washington more than 100 years later  —  President Joe Biden said it commemorates the “courage” of American “Doughboys.”  —  Congressman wants to award Congressional Gold Medal to ‘Harlem Hellfighters’  —  Tom Suozzi of New York announced he's introducing …
Discussion: The Federalist
 
 
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Washington Post:
With a sense of betrayal and relief, Afghans eye a future without U.S. troops
Associated Press:
Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Coronavirus is disappearing from the halls of Congress even if the political rancor over the pandemic is not
Discussion: The Week
CNN:
There will be no graceful exit from the Covid-19 pandemic
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After the Riot  —  It's been 100 days since the attack on the Capitol, and those who were …
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